Confession #69: We All Have Been Busy
Two holidays back-to-back…
Hosting a team staying at my house…
Attempting to up-date files…
Keeping busy getting everything ready to kick start EmmausWorks….
And what do you get?
A deserted little blog.
I’ve been pretty busy these past few weeks. And although I still don’t have a lot of time to spare right now, I just wanted to take a few minutes to show you what our teens have been up to lately.
Ya’ll, our teens our growing up! They are taking small steps; it’s true. But I count every step they take as something worth rejoicing over. In the past few weeks, I have witnessed a lot of step taking at Emmaus House: steps of service, steps of gratefulness, steps of worth ethic, steps of leadership, steps of maturity, steps of spiritual growth, and steps of love. And to me, that has been exciting!
Here is just a sneak peak at what the past few weeks at Emmaus House has looked like. We all have been busy!
Our jewelry team for EmmausWorks has been busy busy busy making beautiful necklaces and bracelets. The paper beads they make take three days to complete, so a lot of work is going into their creations!
Eveline’s dream is to one day own and operate her own restaurant here in Haiti. After she cooked our Christmas dinner alongside Vivian, I have no doubt this girl is on her way to fulfilling her dreams.
Having everyone sit together for a meal is a treat. We bump elbows a lot, but we are family 🙂
Our boys took time to go visit a local organization that cares for street kids here in Cap Haitien. They purchased, wrapped, and distributed Christmas presents to the boys and shared a meal with them.
Have you ever smiled so much while washing dishes? While on vacation our teens have been busy every morning with various chores. Unlike when we first moved in, they now are starting to enjoy the work routine around the house and are starting to understand the value of working as a family.
All of our teens have the opportunity to earn and save money using the EmmausWorks program. Buy making goods like t-shirts, jewelry, or purses, they will be able to learn how to run a small business of their own. They will use the money to put back into their business, save for their futures, and contribute to their current wants/needs. This past week all of the teens took computer classes to learn how to budget their sales and savings accounts. Although many of these concepts were new to them, it is a step towards independence for all of them!
Here is Manno and Djooly working on the screen printing machine. The two of them and Luckson make up one of four screen printing teams. You all are going to love what they are coming up with. Manno is a natural at the computer designing software, and I think we all can expect some pretty incredible t-shirt designs from him!
Okay, that is all for now. I will be in touch soon. I promise!